Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
732-751-9453
    
Hours   
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
 
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
 
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.

Nature Scavenger Hunt   
Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7  (self-directed)
Pick up a list of things to find during this self-directed nature walk!   

Egg Carton Scavenger Hunt   
Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14 (self-directed)   
Go on a scavenger hunt!  We'll supply the list and an egg carton to use to collect your finds.   

Development of the Manasquan Reservoir   
Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21 (self-directed)   
View pictures showing how the Reservoir was built.    

Fish Prints  
Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28  from 12-2 p.m.   
Make a fish print. (Craft uses paint.)       

Butterfly and Pollinator Garden Tour     
Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4 at 3 p.m.       
Tour our Butterfly and Pollinator Garden and learn about our native plants that attract these critters.     

Native American Games         
Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11 (self-directed)          
Try some games played by local native people.         

Leaves!        
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 at 10:30 a.m.       
Go on a nature walk to collect leaves. Then make rubbings of your leaves and create a journal of your finds.      

Fossils       
Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25 (self-directed)        
Learn about some common fossils of New Jersey.                

 

 

 

Directions   

 

  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.